Friday’s Warriors-Suns and Wizards-Pistons games postponed due to NBA’s COVID-19 protocols
Another day, another postponement of games in the NBA. Scheduled games for the 2020-21 NBA campaign continue to drop like flies, as the league confirmed that two games on Friday will take place at another time following COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
The NBA announced that the Washington Wizards versus Detroit Pistons match at Little Caesars Arena has been re-scheduled for lack of players available. The Golden State Warriors against the Phoenix Suns game at Talking Stick Resort Arena has also been postponed due to the same reason.
Two NBA games Friday postponed: Wizards-Pistons and Warriors-Suns.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 13, 2021
Already having a tight schedule as is, the NBA has failed to complete its supposed schedule of games over the past week. The Boston Celtics have been affected the most, considering their last three contests have been scratched off since they had an insufficient number of players ready to suit up.
Earlier, the league permitted the Philadelphia 76ers to still play despite only having seven active players on the roster against the Brooklyn Nets. All teams must now have at least eight players cleared to play for the game to push through.
The NBA’s current rules state that players who test positive for COVID-19—even those who are asymptomatic—are required to sit out for 10 days after their test and pass health screenings before returning to court. Players who test positive or exhibit more symptoms after their quarantine will have to sit out another 10 days and are barred from games and team workouts.
The league, meanwhile, is definitely on the ropes right now following that near-perfect handling of the virus inside the bubble last year. A new and perhaps even stricter set of health protocols is expected to be rolled out in the coming days.